Welcome to Recycling

Residential curbside recycling collection is managed by the City of Gainesville's Solid Waste Division. The Solid Waste Division also provides residential recycling collection for electronic items by appointment and sponsors other recycling programs. The Solid Waste Division is located at 405 NW 39th Avenue with weekday hours from 8 AM to 5 PM. Please note that the Solid Waste Division offices are temporarily closed to all visitors for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

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Recycle Your Holiday Lights! Free Recycling Drop-off Locations

bundle of old Christmas light strings with colorful bulbsAre you looking to refresh your holiday decorations but don’t know what to do with all those old, broken, burned-out, impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights leftover from last year?

Good News! The City of Gainesville is ready to help you recycle those old sets of holiday lights. You can drop-off old sets of holiday lights for recycling at the City of Gainesville Public Works Facility located at 405 NW 39th Ave. from November 16th through January 29th. No set is too tangled to be recycled!
  • ✅ ACCEPTED: Light strings with incandescent, LED, and “icicle” lights, along with wires and attached bulbs.
  • ❌ NOT ACCEPTED: Fluorescent tubes, Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), Bubble lights, Liquid-filled lights, or Neon lights (These items can be recycled at Alachua County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center).

holiday lights recycle collection cart in front of buildingDROP-OFF DETAILS: Look for the Holiday Lights recycling container just outside the main office doors. Please only drop-off lights during daylight hours and remove light strings from packing material and bags before dropping them off for recycling.

Holiday lights can also be recycled at any one of the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. For more information on these drop-off locations, visit Alachua County Drop-Off Centers.

Replacing old incandescent lights can save you money on your electric bill. LED lights use 80-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED lights also last up to 100,000 hours versus only 3,000 hours from incandescent lights.

For more information, call 352-334-2330.

Reminder: ❌ Do not place holiday lights in your home recycle bins.


Recycle Your Tree After the Holidays!

Christmas set without any decorations set out curbside for collectionSTEP 1: Prepare your holiday tree for collection.
  • Remove all decorations (tinsel, ornaments, hooks, lights, etc.).
  • Remove tree stands.
  • No artificial or “flocked” trees.

STEP 2: Set your holiday tree out for collection on your regular collection day, separate from your trash cart and recycling bins. Holiday trees are collected with other yard waste materials.
  • Please note:
  • > Natural wreaths can be recycled in yard waste containers if all decorations and wires are removed.
  • > Artificial (fake) trees can be collected with bulk waste items. Artificial trees should be broken down into pieces if longer than five (5) feet in length.


Check out the New Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide

woman in red shirt showing what is on the screen of her laptop computerThe Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide is a new user-friendly online tool to assist residents and businesses with recycling and reducing waste. When you search for materials in the new guide, you will see where you can recycle, donate, compost, resell, or properly dispose of that material locally. The Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide will help to reduce recycling contamination, increase waste diversion from landfills, and provide a much needed informational service to our community. Visit to jumpstart your journey on the roadway to zero waste!